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Scar Tissue

What is Scar Tissue?

Scar tissue is a mark left on damaged tissue after it has healed. Scar tissue can form on the skin or on internal wounds. People with conditions like liver cirrhosis, heart disease, and pancreatitis often have scar tissue on their liver, heart or pancreas.

Scar tissue forms as skin heals after an injury or surgery. The amount of scar tissue may be determined by the size, depth, and location of the wound; the age of the person; heredity; and skin characteristics.

The color of a scar may be pale pink, brown, or silvery. Some people tend to get scars more easily, and scars are more likely to form after wounds on certain parts of the body.

Can the Appearance of Scar Tissue be Reduced?

Yes, the appearance of scar tissue can be reduced. Usually, scars shrink and become less noticeable as the person ages. Surgical procedures and medications can also be used to reduce the appearance of scars.

Surgical procedures can be used to improve or minimize the appearance of scars, restore function, and correct disfigurement resulting from an injury, lesion, or previous surgery. Surgical revision is usually delayed until the scar lightens in color. It takes several months or even a year after a wound has healed for the scar to lighten in color. Surgery to revise scars can be done while the patient is awake or sleeping.

Medications (topical corticosteroids, anesthetic ointments, and antihistamine creams) can reduce the symptoms of itching and tenderness.

Products like Neosporin® Scar Solution™ can help restore raised and discolored scars to a more natural color and texture, using the same technology trusted by burn centers and plastic surgeons.

Abnormal Scars

A keloid is an abnormal scar. It is thicker, has a tendency to reoccur, has a different color and texture, and extends beyond the edge of the wound. It often creates a thick, puckered effect simulating a tumor. Keloids are removed at the point where it meets normal tissue.

Hypertropic scars are caused by massive injuries (burns). They often cover a large area of skin. A hypertrophic scar can cause restricted movement of muscles, joints, and tendons.

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